Astictopterus stellata Mabille, 1891,

Cock, Matthew J. W. & Congdon, T. Colin E., 2014, Observations on the biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera). Part 7. Hesperiinae incertae sedis: grass and bamboo feeders, Zootaxa 3872 (4), pp. 301-354: 304

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Astictopterus stellata Mabille, 1891


Astictopterus stellata Mabille, 1891 

Mabille (1891) described this species from Mombasa (as Mombassa) and it occurs from coastal Kenya south to Zimbabwe in three subspecies: nominate stellata  from the Kenya coast ( Figure 1View FIGURE 1), ssp. amania Evans from the Usambara ( Evans 1947), Nguru and Uluguru  Mountains of north-east Tanzania ( Ackery et al. 1995), and ssp. mineni (Trimen) from southern Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi ( Ackery et al. 1995) and Mozambique ( Pringle et al. 1994). Astictopterus  s. stellata  is fairly common around Makardara and Marere Forests, Shimba Hills, Kenya, throughout the year (except March) according to Sevastopulo (1974), who adds ‘larvae on grasses’; however, he did not document the life history (Sevastopulo unpublished) or include the record in his compilation of food plants ( Sevastopulo 1975), so it is probably based on field observations or circumstantial evidence.